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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Jim Schellinger Appointed Indiana Secretary of Commerce

Indiana Lt. Gov. and Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb have named South Bend native Jim Schellinger as Indiana secretary of commerce for his administration. Schellinger currently serves as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and previously served as a member of the IEDC board of directors, according to a news release from the IEDC.


As president, Schellinger has been an integral part of leading the Regional Cities Initiative as well as the state’s $1 Billion Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


“In Indiana, we have made it a priority to create a low-tax, limited-regulation, pro-growth business climate and my administration will continue to focus on building upon that momentum by attracting businesses and talent to our state,” said Holcomb. “I am confident that Jim, with his experience as a business leader coupled with his accomplishments at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, will further advance Indiana’s business climate. I look forward to working with him as we continue to make Indiana a state that works.”


Schellinger will transition into his new role with the incoming administration. Victor Smith, who currently serves as state secretary of commerce, was appointed to the position in 2013 by Gov. Mike Pence and has fulfilled his four-year commitment to the governor.